Srinagar, Apr 10: The Joint Hurriyat leadership comprising Hurriyat (G) led by Syed Ali Geelani, Hurriyat (M) led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and the now banned Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) has called for a complete shutdown on Thursday, April 11 against the parliamentary elections, NIA “aggression”, closure of highway for civilian traffic twice a week, and recent attack on prisoners in Srinagar Central Jail.
The parliamentary polls are going to start Thursday (today) from Baramulla parliamentary constituency.
“Wednesday’s shutdown is against the parliamentary elections that are going to start from Baramulla parliamentary constituency, against NIA aggression which includes the shifting of JKLF chairman Yasin Malik to Tihar jail Delhi under the pretext of questioning by NIA, rigorous questioning of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq at NIA headquarters in Delhi that has continued for three days now,” the Joint Hurriyat statement said.
It added that the shutdown was also against interrogation and repeated summoning of two sons (Naeem-uz-Zafar Geelani and Naseem Geelani) of Syed Ali Shah Geelani to Delhi by NIA, closure of Kashmir’s main highway for civilians for two days in a week and recent attack by police and forces on inmates at central jail Srinagar in which many inmates sustained bullet and pellet injuries and many have been shifted to unknown jails and interrogation centre.
Joint Hurriyat, the statement added, said that besides a complete shutdown across the valley on April 11, shutdowns (protest strike) will be observed on April 18 in Srinagar, Budgam and Ganderbal districts, on April 23 in Anantnag, on April 29, in Anantnag and Kulgam and on May 6 in Anantnag, Shopian and Pulwama areas.